South Australian Singer-Songwriter Dino Jag brings a full-bodied glass of musical Pop Rock goodness on his freshly released EP Breakthrough. Released on November 25th following two lovable singles ‘Two Young Hearts’ and ‘You Make Me Feel So Good,’ Breakthrough brings the listener a soul filled, wonderfully produced, six track EP that you will definitely be repeating in your car or at home or work for a long time to come. The award-winning vocalist truly taps into his pure nature with Breakthrough and you see his musical vision flow to life.
The album, which was recorded in the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA, and produced by Jeff Bova, known for his work with Michael Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Blondie, features performances from legendary musicians like Aaron Sterling (Drums – John Mayer), Corey Britz (Bass – Bush), Tim Pierce (Guitar – Bruce Springsteen), Jeff Bova (Keyboards – Michael Jackson), Carroll Hatchet (Backing Vocals – Bette Midler) and Bernard Fowler (Backing Vocals – The Rolling Stones). The opening track ‘Two Young Hearts,’ creates an irresistible alt pop-number to invite the listener in, with lyrics focusing around falling in love, second chances and following your heart.
‘Nothing But You’ brings a more raw Rock sound to the table with Jag’s vocals reminiscent of a 2006 Raconteurs’ Jack White fused with Cage The Elephant’s Matthew Shultz. The song is definitely a foot tappin’ highlight of the EP for my ears. A smooth key transition into the next track ‘My Life Is Changed’ takes us through a beautifully orchestrated soundscape of layers, coupled with Jag’s moving pleads that really translate his vast vocal range and depth.
Recently released single ‘You Make Me Feel So Good’ is an infectious and dynamic track, easily one of the best of the album. The acoustic and folky feel exuberates good feelings and all of the smiles. The title track ‘Breakthrough’ is such a sweet and melodically balanced tune that we sure would not mind if Jag showed up at our doors and serenaded it to us. The album continues to shine Jag’s bright charisma and musical strength through to the very end, with a solid and more bluesy number named ‘Sweet Summer Smile.’